Scout Experimental 5 (SE5) biplane radio controlled model (Denis Hefford)

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Scout Experimental 5 (SE5) biplane radio controlled model (Denis Hefford)

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Arch Four , Area 74
Arch Four, Overhead

A radio-controlled model of the Royal Aircraft Factory's Scout Experimental 5 (S.E.5 / SE5) biplane.

It's overhead in Arch Four, by the 00-gauge layout.

Wingspan is 41 inches.

S.E.5 Biplane model

The Scout Experimental 5

The S.E.5 biplanes and the Sopwith Camel biplanes together formed the core of Britain's air force during World War One. While the SE5a is generally reckoned to have been the better aircraft, it was let down by its engine. This limited its production numbers to begin with, with the result that there was a larger proportion of Camels than one might otherwise have expected.

In the Biggles books, Biggles flies a Sopwith Camel, and his friend Wilkinson ("Wilks") flies an SE5, and teases Biggles about how his squadron (unlike Biggles') flies "real aeroplanes".